Ideal Learning starts at birth and puts the child at the center of the design. It supports children in all aspects of their development, deepening and accelerating academic learning through direct experiences with their community. It also transforms home and day care settings and classrooms into exciting places where children learn by exploring the wonder of the world around them. Ideal Learning helps children learn to think for themselves and with others, better positioning them to positively engage as citizens in a rapidly changing world.

Ideal Learning lays the early foundation to help a child develop into a well-rounded individual who embraces life and is capable of seizing opportunities and overcoming challenges. Ideal Learning programs partner with parents to develop children who are morally, emotionally and behaviorally prepared for the real world. Ideal Learning teachers support a child’s natural development, building the capability to become a self-sufficient and fulfilled adult with a sense of purpose. A child’s experience will be hands on, self-paced, collaborative and joyful — creating a lifelong learner and doer. It all happens by helping the child follow his/her interests and passions to develop strong skills in academics, leadership, self-discipline, responsibility, independence and initiative. In an Ideal Learning program each child receives a personalized approach to their education, where they are known and appreciated for their unique abilities, interests and potential. In an Ideal Learning program teachers learn together with children, set high standards without standardization, and work on that true goal of developing a well-rounded, intelligent and capable individual.

All Ideal Learning programs include the following elements:

Each child receives a personalized approach to education.

Classroom environments are designed to develop students’ ability to concentrate, grow their collaboration skills, and build a sense of community.

Each child is known and appreciated for their unique abilities, interests, and potential.

The entire school teaches, not just the teacher.

Children develop all facets of intelligence—academic, social, and emotional—learning how to learn in groups and work with ideas, tasks, and people.

Children are learning partners with educators, families, and peers—Ideal Learning educates with children, not to children.

Children have high standards without standardization—they are challenged to reach their developmental milestones and given the support to actualize their individual potential.

Children work at the bigger goal of developing into well-rounded, intelligent, and constructive individuals.

Teachers guide children to carry out their own learning; this self-directed learning is supported by an intentional, structured, and measured curriculum that has been proven to be effective.

Programs are an integral part of the community: they support children, thereby advancing community progress.

© New Haven Children’s Ideal Learning District  2017